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Delete Backup Copies of MS Exchange 2010 using Windows Server Backup

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With the reference to a previous question and being unable to backup to a shared folder I’ve used the Back up to a Volume setting with the below schedule in order to trim transaction logs and backup Exchange Server.
Current SettingsWindows backup has created under drive (B:) the WindowsImageBackup folder which is now about 17,7GB.
But backup drive was using more space than 17,7GB that I could not locate.

I have found that windows backup tool has 21 copies with total 93GB in use.
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Q1) Why Backup copies are not visible under backup drive? (As I said under (B:) drive there is only WindowsImageBackup folder which is 17,7 GB in size )

Q2) What method is being used every time backup runs? (Incremental or Full?)

Q3)If the last backup was successful , Do I need all these copies?
      If not how should I keep,for example,the last 3 successful copies?
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Hi mamelas,

You can't see the backup images under the backup drive as Windows likes to format it specially for it's own use and the contents are not readily visible / readable.

It will run a full backup every time the backup runs (Default is VSS Full Backup)

Do you need the older copies - no - not really, but the software will remove any old copies it hasn't got room for if space gets tight, so you don't have to worry about it - it manages itself happily.
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Dear alanhardisty,

Thanks for Answering.

Regarding the remove of old copies, unfortunatly I also use this drive to backup sql and some documents/files.

So Backup of Exchange will delete copies if low disk space, but other backup schedules will not succeed.

Do you have any suggestion in order to limit the space that Exchange backup use for?
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You can split the disk into two partitions perhaps, then let the Windows backup format one partition and use that and then the SQL backups use the other.
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Hi alanhardisty,

I would like to know if I can -for example - define the availiable space using Windows Backup Tool.

So is there any other option to do this? or is the only way?
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No - Windows backup will eat the entire drive unless you partition it first.
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